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* [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' with the Sons of Samedi, a Caribbean-based [[TheCartel drug cartel]] with [[GangOfHats a Vodou shtick]]. While they milk the image for all it's worth, their soldiers are mostly just local college kids who joined the gang for cheap drugs. Mr. Sunshine, the Samedi's [[TheDragon top enforcer]], seems to be a true believer, however, and the creepy asshole is referred to as a "WitchDoctor" by several characters. Sunshine's [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane unexplained mystical powers]] come to bear in his boss fight, where he uses a VoodooDoll to [[MindOverMatter toss the Boss around the room]] and [[RasputinianDeath keeps rising back up after several killing blows]] until he's finally decapitated with his own machete.

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* [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' with the Sons of Samedi, a Caribbean-based [[TheCartel drug cartel]] with [[GangOfHats a Vodou shtick]]. While they milk the image for all it's worth, their soldiers are mostly just most of the gang is made up of local college kids who joined for the gang for cheap drugs. Mr. Sunshine, the Samedi's [[TheDragon top enforcer]], seems to be a true believer, however, and the creepy asshole is referred to as a "WitchDoctor" by several characters. Sunshine's [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane unexplained mystical powers]] come to bear in his boss fight, where he uses a VoodooDoll to give himself NighInvulnerability and [[MindOverMatter toss the Boss around the room]] and [[RasputinianDeath keeps rising back up reanimating even after several killing blows]] getting filled full of lead]] until he's finally [[DecapitationRequired decapitated with his own machete.machete]].


* [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'': The Sons of Samedi are a Caribbean-based [[TheCartel drug cartel]] with [[GangOfHats a Vodou shtick]], and while they milk that image for all it's worth, their footsoldiers are mostly just made up of local college kids in the gang for cheap drugs. The Samedi's [[TheDragon second-in-command]], Mr. Sunshine, however, is referred to as a "WitchDoctor" by various characters and uses [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane unexplained]] mystical powers in his boss fight, using a VoodooDoll to [[MindOverMatter toss the protagonist around]] and [[RasputinianDeath proving annoyingly difficult to kill]].

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* [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'': The ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' with the Sons of Samedi are Samedi, a Caribbean-based [[TheCartel drug cartel]] with [[GangOfHats a Vodou shtick]], and while shtick]]. While they milk that the image for all it's worth, their footsoldiers soldiers are mostly just made up of local college kids in who joined the gang for cheap drugs. The Mr. Sunshine, the Samedi's [[TheDragon second-in-command]], Mr. Sunshine, top enforcer]], seems to be a true believer, however, and the creepy asshole is referred to as a "WitchDoctor" by various characters and uses several characters. Sunshine's [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane unexplained]] unexplained mystical powers powers]] come to bear in his boss fight, using where he uses a VoodooDoll to [[MindOverMatter toss the protagonist around]] Boss around the room]] and [[RasputinianDeath proving annoyingly difficult to kill]].keeps rising back up after several killing blows]] until he's finally decapitated with his own machete.


* Double subverted on the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "The Curse Of Beaton Manor". [[AgentMulder Constable Crabtree]] thinks that the Beaton brothers are being killed due to a voodoo curse, although they're actually being killed by [[spoiler:the biracial brother they treated like crap, who [[FakingTheDead faked his death using voodoo-related techniques]] and killed them using conventional methods.]] Then, at the end of the episode voodoo turns out to be RealAfterAll when the the last brother is killed by a practioner using a doll. Notably, the Beaton brothers were {{Asshole Victim}}s whose racist behavior makes them a lot less sympathetic and the voodoo practioner less of a clear-cut villain,

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* Double subverted on the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "The Curse Of Beaton Manor". [[AgentMulder Constable Crabtree]] thinks that the Beaton brothers are being killed due to a voodoo curse, although they're actually being killed by [[spoiler:the biracial brother they treated like crap, who [[FakingTheDead faked his death using voodoo-related techniques]] and killed them using conventional methods.]] Then, at the end of the episode voodoo turns out to be RealAfterAll when the the last brother is killed by a practioner using a doll. Notably, the Beaton brothers were {{Asshole Victim}}s whose racist behavior makes them a lot less sympathetic and the voodoo practioner less of a clear-cut villain, villain.
* The Series/AuctionHunters found a collection of voodoo relics in a storage locker that they sold to some local practitioners. The practitioners warned Alan and Ton that they might have been cursed by handling the objects, and did a purification ceremony to dispel any curses they picked up.

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* Double subverted on the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "The Curse Of Beaton Manor". [[AgentMulder Constable Crabtree]] thinks that the Beaton brothers are being killed due to a voodoo curse, although they're actually being killed by [[spoiler:the biracial brother they treated like crap, who [[FakingTheDead faked his death using voodoo-related techniques]] and killed them using conventional methods.]] Then, at the end of the episode voodoo turns out to be RealAfterAll when the the last brother is killed by a practioner using a doll. Notably, the Beaton brothers were {{Asshole Victim}}s whose racist behavior makes them a lot less sympathetic and the voodoo practioner less of a clear-cut villain,


** ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': Wonder Woman comes across a voodoo ceremony in Africa where the organizers are using drugs to knock out rival tribesmen and then enslave them and give them to the local Nazi group. The apparently villainous organizers are later shown to only be working for the Nazis because their women and children are being held hostage and their entire tribe has been threatened with the DeathRay the Nazis are developing.

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** ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': ''Franchise/WonderWoman [[ComicBook/WonderWoman1942 Vol 1]]'': Wonder Woman comes across a voodoo ceremony in Africa where the organizers are using drugs to knock out rival tribesmen and then enslave them and give them to the local Nazi group. The apparently villainous organizers are later shown to only be working for the Nazis because their women and children are being held hostage and their entire tribe has been threatened with the DeathRay the Nazis are developing.


* This is a plot point in the Literature/MicroAdventure book ''Spellbound,'' where a BRUTE agent is supposedly using voodoo curses to weaken athletes and any opposition. An ACT expert on legitimate voodoo beliefs, agent Skull, realizes that the villain's actions are strictly Hollywood and bear no resemblance to any real practices, leading him to suspect a hoax. [[spoiler: He's 100% right; the curses are the product of a voiceprint-based biochemical agent and psychological manipulation.]]

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* This is a plot point in the Literature/MicroAdventure ''Literature/MicroAdventure'' book ''Spellbound,'' where a BRUTE agent is supposedly using voodoo curses to weaken athletes and any opposition. An ACT expert on legitimate voodoo beliefs, agent Skull, realizes that the villain's actions are strictly Hollywood and bear no resemblance to any real practices, leading him to suspect a hoax. [[spoiler: He's 100% right; the curses are the product of a voiceprint-based biochemical agent and psychological manipulation.]]

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* This is a plot point in the Literature/MicroAdventure book ''Spellbound,'' where a BRUTE agent is supposedly using voodoo curses to weaken athletes and any opposition. An ACT expert on legitimate voodoo beliefs, agent Skull, realizes that the villain's actions are strictly Hollywood and bear no resemblance to any real practices, leading him to suspect a hoax. [[spoiler: He's 100% right; the curses are the product of a voiceprint-based biochemical agent and psychological manipulation.]]


* Most zombie movies prior to ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' have this. Val Lewton's ''Film/IWalkedWithAZombie'' is a notable quasi-subversion for making something like a good-faith baseline attempt to understand and depict the actual religion, tossing terms like "houngan" and "hounfort" into the conversation, and even - astonishingly, [[FairForItsDay for the time and milieu]] - deciding that [[spoiler: it's NOT a ReligionOfEvil, but merely a power around with which [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow one should not screw]].]] Still has zombies and voodoo dolls, though.

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* Most zombie movies prior to ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' have this. Val Lewton's ''Film/IWalkedWithAZombie'' is a notable quasi-subversion for making something like a good-faith baseline attempt to understand and depict the actual religion, tossing terms like "houngan" and "hounfort" into the conversation, and even - astonishingly, [[FairForItsDay for the time and milieu]] - deciding that [[spoiler: it's NOT a ReligionOfEvil, but merely a power around with which [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow one should not screw]].]] Still has zombies and voodoo dolls, though.


This is a form of magic in either [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon Caribbean]], [[TheBigEasy New Orleanian]], or [[{{Bulungi}} West African]] flavors. Many practitioners call themselves priests or priestesses, and they almost always do have magical powers, [[HowUnscientific regardless of whether or not the supernatural exists or is even mentioned elsewhere in]] TheVerse[[note]]Ironically, Voodoo is more likely to be a hoax in explicitly supernatural settings[[/note]]. Sympathetic {{Voodoo Doll}}s (ie, [[RealityChangingMiniature what you do to them appears on the person they represent]]) are a classical trick, as is making [[VoodooZombie zombies]]. Other practitioners simply use [[FortuneTeller tarot cards or other divination tools]] and they always work, even if they have to rewrite reality to do it. {{Shrunken Head}}s may also be present.

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This is a form of magic in either [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon Caribbean]], [[TheBigEasy New Orleanian]], or [[{{Bulungi}} West African]] flavors. Many practitioners call themselves priests or priestesses, and they almost always do have magical powers, [[HowUnscientific regardless of whether or not the supernatural exists or is even mentioned elsewhere in]] TheVerse[[note]]Ironically, Voodoo is more likely to be a hoax in explicitly supernatural settings[[/note]]. Sympathetic {{Voodoo Doll}}s (ie, [[RealityChangingMiniature what you do to them appears on the person they represent]]) are a classical classic trick, as is making [[VoodooZombie zombies]]. Other practitioners simply use [[FortuneTeller tarot cards or other divination tools]] and they always work, even if they have to rewrite reality to do it. {{Shrunken Head}}s may also be present.


* Creator/ShawBrothers dabbled in this trope in more than one of their films, including ''Film/SeedingOfAGhost'', ''Film/TheBoxersOmen'' and ''Film/BlackMagic''. More often than not, their attempts at portraying voodoo results in copious amounts of BodyHorror depicted onscreen and DemonicPossession that results in victims being DrivenToSuicide.

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* Creator/ShawBrothers dabbled in this trope in more than one of their films, including ''Film/SeedingOfAGhost'', ''Film/TheBoxersOmen'' and ''Film/BlackMagic''. More often than not, their attempts at portraying voodoo results in copious amounts of BodyHorror depicted onscreen and DemonicPossession that results in victims being DrivenToSuicide. ''Seeding'' in particular had a demon baby summoned by a voodoo ritual suddenly taking on a physical, OneWingedAngel form at the end which then goes on a brutal rampage, killing people left and right.


* ''Film/Predator2'' features King Willie, a voodoo practising Jamaican drug lord. Downplayed, in that while he believes the Predator is a supernatural demon, he's not shown or implied to have any magic powers himself.

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* ''Film/Predator2'' features King Willie, a voodoo practising practicing Jamaican drug lord. Downplayed, in that while he believes the Predator is a supernatural demon, he's not shown or implied to have any magic powers himself.himself.
* Creator/ShawBrothers dabbled in this trope in more than one of their films, including ''Film/SeedingOfAGhost'', ''Film/TheBoxersOmen'' and ''Film/BlackMagic''. More often than not, their attempts at portraying voodoo results in copious amounts of BodyHorror depicted onscreen and DemonicPossession that results in victims being DrivenToSuicide.

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* Although it had already been established that the supernatural does exist in ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero's'' setting, the voodoo priest in "A Chicken in Every Plot" is revealed to be a fraud, manipulating people to help him commit crimes.


* The Creator/LarryNiven and Barnes collaboration ''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame'' isn't about voodoo (much). One suspects the title was chosen because more people have heard of "voodoo" than what it's ''actually'' about, or (for an in-universe reason) the game was given that title as a red herring to keep people who boned up on vodou and HollywoodVoodoo from gaining an "edge" due to out-of-character knowledge.

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* The Creator/LarryNiven and Barnes collaboration ''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame'' isn't about voodoo (much). One suspects the title was chosen because more people have heard of "voodoo" than what it's ''actually'' about, or (for an in-universe reason) the game was given that title as a red herring to keep people who boned up on vodou and HollywoodVoodoo Hollywood Voodoo from gaining an "edge" due to out-of-character knowledge.



** Another interesting aspect comes from Booth and Bones discussing Voodoo. While Booth, a practicing Christian, frequently insults Voodoo, Bones calls him out on the fact that he's being a {{Jerkass}} because of all the HijackedByJesus HollywoodVoodoo in media. Indeed, when the topic of bringing people back from the dead come up, which Booth discusses as silly, Bones points out the Christian belief that Jesus came back to life after dying on the Cross.

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** Another interesting aspect comes from Booth and Bones discussing Voodoo. While Booth, a practicing Christian, frequently insults Voodoo, Bones calls him out on the fact that he's being a {{Jerkass}} because of all the HijackedByJesus HollywoodVoodoo Hollywood Voodoo in media. Indeed, when the topic of bringing people back from the dead come up, which Booth discusses as silly, Bones points out the Christian belief that Jesus came back to life after dying on the Cross.



* In a ''Series/SevenDays'' episode, a HollywoodVoodoo practitioner prays for a miracle that will save her friend from the electric chair. She's a little disappointed when that "miracle" turns out to be Frank. At the end of the episode, she recruits the help of the episode's BigBad's wife to save an innocent man's life and punish her husband in a voodoo ritual. Possibly an [[AvertedTrope aversion]]. While the Voodoo practitioner ''does'' have the stereotypical look, she's a good guy who seems to practice it more as a real religion, albeit an [[ReligionIsMagic oddly effective]] one. The episode keeps it ambiguous whether or not her "spells"/prayers actually do cause things to turn out alright or if Frank showing up et al. are just coincidences.

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* In a ''Series/SevenDays'' episode, a HollywoodVoodoo Hollywood Voodoo practitioner prays for a miracle that will save her friend from the electric chair. She's a little disappointed when that "miracle" turns out to be Frank. At the end of the episode, she recruits the help of the episode's BigBad's wife to save an innocent man's life and punish her husband in a voodoo ritual. Possibly an [[AvertedTrope aversion]]. While the Voodoo practitioner ''does'' have the stereotypical look, she's a good guy who seems to practice it more as a real religion, albeit an [[ReligionIsMagic oddly effective]] one. The episode keeps it ambiguous whether or not her "spells"/prayers actually do cause things to turn out alright or if Frank showing up et al. are just coincidences.



* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Fresh Bones" features basically a voodoo war of revenge. [[spoiler: They have a clever subversion to the usual ReligionOfEvil aspect of HollywoodVoodoo when we find out that the only one using it to harm people is a greedy American.]]

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Fresh Bones" features basically a voodoo war of revenge. [[spoiler: They have a clever subversion to the usual ReligionOfEvil aspect of HollywoodVoodoo Hollywood Voodoo when we find out that the only one using it to harm people is a greedy American.]]



* Utterly averted, surprisingly enough, in an episode of ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries''--Jack Marshak, resident CoolOldGuy, TheMentor, and knowledge-broker in all things occult, gives a somewhat-abbreviated but completely accurate depiction of the true nature and beliefs of UsefulNotes/{{Voudoun}} (complete with footage of actual ceremonies!), the innocents being terrorized in the episode are benevolent, wise priests and priestesses, and while Micki and especially Ryan are wary at first due to HollywoodVoodoo depictions, eventually they come to realize the faith is a perfectly valid, good, harmless belief system and join in rather enthusiastically with the cultural carnival being held. The only aspects of this trope which appear in the episode are all being carried out by the VillainOfTheWeek, and they are stated repeatedly to be evil, twisted perversions and not a part of true UsefulNotes/{{Voudoun}} at all.

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* Utterly averted, surprisingly enough, in an episode of ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries''--Jack Marshak, resident CoolOldGuy, TheMentor, and knowledge-broker in all things occult, gives a somewhat-abbreviated but completely accurate depiction of the true nature and beliefs of UsefulNotes/{{Voudoun}} (complete with footage of actual ceremonies!), the innocents being terrorized in the episode are benevolent, wise priests and priestesses, and while Micki and especially Ryan are wary at first due to HollywoodVoodoo Hollywood Voodoo depictions, eventually they come to realize the faith is a perfectly valid, good, harmless belief system and join in rather enthusiastically with the cultural carnival being held. The only aspects of this trope which appear in the episode are all being carried out by the VillainOfTheWeek, and they are stated repeatedly to be evil, twisted perversions and not a part of true UsefulNotes/{{Voudoun}} at all.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Laveau Marie Laveau]] of Louisiana (often the inspiration for a lot of HollywoodVoodoo stories) subverted this trope by being a real life practitioner, but also [[ExploitedTrope exploiting it]] by encouraging the locals to think she had an arsenal of powers and jinxes. In reality, she was most likely using [[SnakeOilSalesman local superstitions]] to curry favours and influence New Orleans' wealthy folk, and using her day job as a hairdresser to pick up on local gossip.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Laveau Marie Laveau]] of Louisiana (often the inspiration for a lot of HollywoodVoodoo Hollywood Voodoo stories) subverted this trope by being a real life practitioner, but also [[ExploitedTrope exploiting it]] by encouraging the locals to think she had an arsenal of powers and jinxes. In reality, she was most likely using [[SnakeOilSalesman local superstitions]] to curry favours and influence New Orleans' wealthy folk, and using her day job as a hairdresser to pick up on local gossip.


* Probably one of the most offensive examples of this trope was in ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''. Firstly, the main Voodoo practitioner was a con-man using the religion to manipulate his followers. Secondly, the followers were portrayed as so naive that they literally could not tell that the con man was using fireworks (despite living in 20th-century America), until David pointed it out to him, and believed the small explosions he created to be magical in nature. Finally, and probably worst, a doctor who deceptively pretended to be a Voodoo practitioner to manipulate the people into letting her perform medical treatment on them WITHOUT THEIR INFORMED CONSENT, effectively doing EXACTLY WHAT THE CON MAN WAS DOING, was portrayed as completely justified.

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* Probably one of the most offensive examples of this trope was in ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''.''Series/TheIncredibleHulk1977''. Firstly, the main Voodoo practitioner was a con-man using the religion to manipulate his followers. Secondly, the followers were portrayed as so naive that they literally could not tell that the con man was using fireworks (despite living in 20th-century America), until David pointed it out to him, and believed the small explosions he created to be magical in nature. Finally, and probably worst, a doctor who deceptively pretended to be a Voodoo practitioner to manipulate the people into letting her perform medical treatment on them WITHOUT THEIR INFORMED CONSENT, effectively doing EXACTLY WHAT THE CON MAN WAS DOING, was portrayed as completely justified.


What you ''don't'' see in the depiction of Hollywood Voodoo is anything resembling actual religious practice. The Christian elements of Voodoo are almost never shown, and the animistic elements are heavily stereotyped. It may even be conflated with HollywoodSatanism in some egregious cases. The only deity ever mentioned is the death god [[BorrowinSamedi Baron Samedi]], and since EverybodyHatesHades, he's most often in an antagonist role of some sort. If he himself doesn't appear, male practitioners will [[BorrowinSamedi dress like him]] by donning the famous tattered tuxedo, top hat, and skull makeup. Even if he's not a villain, it still leads to the mistaken idea that Vodou is centered around death and necromancy. It doesn't help that the most [[PopCulturalOsmosis well-known]] cases relating to a voodoo priest or priestess are disasters [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation caused or predicted]] by the priest(ess).

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What you ''don't'' see in the depiction of Hollywood Voodoo is anything resembling actual religious practice. The Christian elements of Voodoo are almost never shown, and the animistic elements are heavily stereotyped. It may even be conflated with HollywoodSatanism in some egregious cases. The only deity ever mentioned is the death god [[BorrowinSamedi Baron Samedi]], Samedi, and since EverybodyHatesHades, he's most often in an antagonist role of some sort. If he himself doesn't appear, male practitioners will [[BorrowinSamedi dress like him]] by donning the famous tattered tuxedo, top hat, and skull makeup. Even if he's not a villain, it still leads to the mistaken idea that Vodou is centered around death and necromancy. It doesn't help that the most [[PopCulturalOsmosis well-known]] cases relating to a voodoo priest or priestess are disasters [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation caused or predicted]] by the priest(ess).

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